Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game between Ohio State and Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the search for a new head coach after dismissing Doug Marrone
- Former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer is the heavy favorite to take the job
- See the odds on all candidates currently in the running for Shad Khan’s team below
It was a tough season down in Jacksonville for the Jaguars, who won their first game of the season over the Indianapolis Colts, then proceeded to not win another game the rest of the season, going 1-15.
The 15-loss season meant big changes for the franchise, as owner Shad Khan decided to fire coach Doug Marrone.
Marrone had one good run with the Jags, using a solid defense and a just good enough offense in the 2017 season to lead the team to an upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional playoffs to reach the AFC Championship game.
The team had a lead in New England 17-10 in the third quarter, but couldn’t close out Tom Brady and the Pats before finally losing 24-20.
In four-plus seasons as the Jags head coach Marrone went 23-43.
Now there will be a new voice for the Jaguars, one that Kahn hopes can turn the franchise into a force in the AFC moving forward.
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Will Khan Be Making a Splash?
There’s no doubt that playing in the AFC South you need two things – a physical defense and a solid run game, two things the Jaguars had when they went 11-5 in 2017.
Their defense got after the quarterback, stopped the run and they had an offense led by rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who ran for 1090 yards and nine scores.
As time progressed they got away from that, and it showed in their record declining the next few years leading to Marrone’s firing.
Urban Meyer to the Jags rumors — very hot. Exceedingly hot. Hotter than hot. More potentially soon..
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 3, 2021
One big land for the Jaguars would be former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer, who won three national championships as a head coach.
Khan knows to win the fan base back he needs to make a splash, and giving Meyer the headset as the new coach of the franchise makes the impact the team needs.
Meyer’s record goes without saying, 187–32 as head coach in college, and 12-3 in bowl games. If there’s one coach that is going to get respect ASAP and stop the player grumbling that has defined the Jags the last two seasons, it’s Meyer.
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Is Now the Time for Urban to Try the NFL?
Amid the health issues that have plagued Meyer since his time at Florida, there’s got to be some concern for the Jaguars if he’s even truly interested in the coaching position.
One thing that could make it a lot more desirable is the reported $12 million per season if he decides to come aboard and make the jump to the NFL.
The list of coaches that have been successful in college and the NFL are few and far between, but it can happen.
Tom Coughlin, Chip Kelly, Barry Switzer, Jim Harbaugh and even Paul Brown come to mind as those that have been able to make the jump.
The problem is there’s a lot more coaches that have NOT made the transition without failure, and Meyer doesn’t want to blow his legacy going to a doomed franchise.
Despite all that, right now he’s worth the -250 price, as Khan usually gets what he wants, and he’s got his sights set on the 56-year-old Toledo, Ohio native.
If you’re not convinced that Meyer is the answer, two other possible choices that could be worth the money are two of the hotter NFL coaching candidates, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy (+800) and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (+1000).
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. He has extensive experience in covering MLB, NBA, NFL, and college events. He’s written three books, and won the “2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award.”